Public input is a necessity

Published 11:53 am Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Selma City Council, the office of Mayor Darrio Melton, the Dallas County Commission and many other governmental organizations find themselves under the spotlight often. While the residents of the city and county need to hold their officials accountable, they need to be able to address their concerns publicly and in the presence of those in a position to do something about it.

At the city council meeting Tuesday night, resident Margie Burk did just that, showing up to talk about what she felt was important regarding the city’s current trash situation. She showed up in front of the council prepared with evidence and a speech about why this issue is important. She did not stray away from addressing the issue to people who can help. She also did not belittle the council.

With people such as Burk willing to share input with the council, its residents only stand to gain. The members of the council should appreciate it as well because it helps them get a gauge on what their constituents are asking for. Thank you to Burk for stepping up publicly to address your worries.

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